Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Funeral Service for Marine CPL. Bordoni
Written By: Renata Stiehl
Marine CPL. Bordoni laid to rest
ITHACA (WENY) -- A community says goodbye to a local Marine who paid the ultimate price for his country.
The 21-year-old Marine died last week, from injuries he received in a suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan in January.The Ithaca native leaves behind his wife, Jessica, his parents, and a brother and sister.
Today, friends and family paid a final tribute to Chris, and hundreds in the community lined up to give the Marine a heartfelt sendoff.
Bordoni family friend, Trevor Brill-Friend, says he wants people to remember Chris Bordoni for his service to his country. He says Chris always wanted to be a Marine, and started training to enter the military when he was in 10th grade at Ithaca High School.
"How strong he is, and how brave he was to go to war for his country, and give the ultimate sacrifice, to protect us," Brill-Friend said.
Trevor says he met Chris Bordoni when Trevor was only five years old; he became friends with Chris' younger brother, Casey. He says the Bordoni's are like family - and he can't believe Chris is gone.
Trevor was one of hundreds who packed the standing-room only Immaculate Conception Church, listening to fellow Marines and family honor Chris' life. The speech given by Chris' wife, 20 year old Jessica Bordoni, describing Chris' final moments of life, is one he'll never forget.
"He waited for the entire family to be in Texas with him and and waited until he got his Purple Heart, and ten minutes after that, they told him it was okay, he can let go, and he did. And it was one of the most powerful things I've ever heard," Trevor explained.
Outside the church, members of local police and fire departments, as well as members of the Patriot Guard Riders of New York, showed their support with American flags in force. Patriot Guard Captain Gary Allen joined the organization when his own son enlisted with the Marines - currently serving in Afghanistan.
"We're here to honor and respect Corporal Bordoni's family, and his service, to let his family know they're not here alone, and we're here to help them get through this ordeal."
When the service came to an end, Bordoni's fellow Marines stood outside the church at salute. Time seemed to stand still as his coffin, draped in the American flag, was loaded into the hearse.
"It really drives home the cost, the terrible cost of war. And I think Jess spoke, the Marines spoke so movingly about the desire for peace," said Svante Myrick, who attended the funeral and offered his condolences to the Bordoni family.
As the processional left the church to take Corporal Bordoni to his final resting place at Calvary cemetery, the sound of Taps could be heard above the roar of the Patriot Guard's motorcycles, flying the American flag.